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Mamelodi Sundowns v Sekhukhune United Match Report, 27/11/21

2 - 0
N. Maema (20)
T. Zwane (59 pen)
ABSA Tuks Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Sekhukhune United: PSL log leaders go nine points clear
9:45 PM IST 27/11/21
Yusuf Maart, Sekhukhune United & Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021
Zwane was on the score sheet as ten-man Masandawana defeated the top-flight debutants

Mamelodi Sundowns returned to winning ways in style as they brushed aside Sekhukhune United 2-0 in a PSL encounter at Tuks Stadium in Tshwane on Saturday afternoon.

Neo Maema's second goal in as many league games opened the scoring for Masandawana, before Themba Zwane sealed the Tshwane giants' win when he converted from the penalty spot in a match which saw Denis Onyango collect a straight red.

Co-head coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena named an unchanged team despite Sundowns having relinquished a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw against SuperSport United on Wednesday.

Masandawana were up against an in-form Sekhukhune side which had won four of their last five league matches including a 1-0 win over Royal AM under their head coach MacDonald Makhubela. 

Sundowns pressed Sekhukhune from the first whistle and they relied mostly on their wing play with balls being played into the visitors' box for centre forwards Pavol Safranko and Peter Shalulile.

The move paid off as Shalulile directed a cross from the left into Maema's path with his chest in the box and the latter fired past goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata with a left-footed shot to hand Sundowns a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.

Shalulile then tried to put his name on the score sheet when he controlled a long ball from Haashim Domingo, before turning and unleashing a grass cutter which was well-saved by a well-positioned Nsabata.

The Namibia international continued to win his aerial battles as his header from Lyle Lakay's corner-kick was cleared off the goal-line by Chibuike Ohizu with Nsabata well-beaten and the score was 1-0 to Sundowns at half-time.

Makhubedu introduced pacey attackers Vusimuzi Mncube and Tshidiso Patjie prior to the start of the second half as Babina Noko looked to level matters in the second half.

However, Masandawana continued to exert pressure on the visitors and they were awarded a penalty after Sundowns loanee Nyiko Mobbie who was adjudged to have handled Shalulie's shot inside the box.

Zwane then stepped up and he made no mistake as he hit the back of the net from the spot-kick to make it 2-0 to Sundowns on the hour-mark and it was the midfielder's third league goal of the season.

The momentum was with Babina Noko in the closing stages of the game with keeper Denis Onyango forced to make a brilliant double save to deny Cheslyn Jampies and Yusuf Maart after the Masandawana defence was exposed.

The hosts were then reduced to 10 players when Onyango was sent off for denying Sekhukhune a clear goalscoring opportunity as he fouled Patjie outside the hosts' box, but Sundowns managed to hold onto their two-goal lead and they emerged 2-0 winners on the day.

The win saw the PSL log leaders open a nine-point lead over second-placed Stellenbosch FC, who will face Royal AM on Sunday, while Sekhukhune remained third on the standings ahead of their clash with SuperSport on December 5.

While Sundowns will take on Stellenbosch on December 4 in a battle between the top two teams in the league.